Intellectual Roundtable

The Intellectual Roundtable is ALLIES’ principal annual event. This multi-day conference focuses on a specific theme in civil-military relations and is attended by students and faculty from all ALLIES chapters, military officers, government, NGO workers, academics and other professionals.

students focus at conference table

Student focus on preparing for simulation presentations

The Intellectual Roundtable allows ALLIES to expand its mission of the study of civil-military relations into a rigorous academic setting in which ALLIES members interact with experts in the field who gather to discuss the most prominent issues in civil-military relations. The inaugural roundtable was held at Tufts University in October of 2007 and has additionally been hosted by the ALLIES chapters at the Air Force Academy and Boston University.

This year’s theme is “The Changing Strategic Environment of the Middle East and North Africa and Evolving Civil-Military Relations.” The roundtable will discuss the ways in which recent developments of the Arab Spring have influenced civil-military relations both within the immediate region and within the US foreign policy establishment.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Diplomatic Crisis Simulation Exercise


Alumnae Lounge

  • The Intellectual Roundtable Simulation is a diplomatic crisis simulation centering around a potential geo-po- litical crisis in Algeria that would have consequences for the stability of the entire MENA region, with concerns for American interests as well. The simulation begins with a joint exercise between the US African Command (AFRICOM) and the Algerian National People’s Army (ANP), in the face of decreasing stability in the country, brought about by the significant inroads of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) into the southern portion of the country. Move 1 revolves around the increased threat of AQIM, which is coming into increased conflict with Algerian security forces, creating both human rights and stability concerns. Students will consider themselves advisors to the National Security Council and will evaluate the dangers to American interests in Algeria and possible strategies to confront them. (RSVP only)


Post Arab Spring Civil-Military Relations in North Africa


Goddard Chapel

  • Mr. Ahmed Ali – Senior Analyst on Iraq and Iraq Team Leader, Institute for the Study of War
  • Mr. Karim Haggag – Deputy Director, Policy Planning Division, Foreign Ministry, Egypt
  • Captain (Retired) Mark Huber – Program Manager, Middle East and Central Asia, Center for Civil Military Relations, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Dr. Marina Ottaway – Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Co-author, Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World; Co-editor, Yemen on the Brink


Keynote Address: Dr Kathleen Hicks


Cabot Auditorium

  • Former Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Policy, US Department of Defense, where she led the development of the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review; Henry A. Kissinger Chair and Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Presentation of the ALLIES Joint Research Project 2013 to Turkey


Alumnae Lounge


Civil Military Collaboration in Security Sector Reform


Alumnae Lounge

  • Vice Admiral Paul J. Bushong – US Security Coordinator, Israel-Palestinian Authority, Jerusalem
  • Colonel Ibrahim El Ghazawi – Egyptian Ministry of the Interior;
  • International Fellow, Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College
  • Colonel (Retired) Anthony Lieto – Professor of Governance Planning, Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College
  • Dr. Richard Shultz – Professor of International Politics and Director, Security Studies Program, The Fletcher School, Tufts University


Israel’s Perspective on the Strategic Environment


Alumnae Lounge

  • Brigadier General Rami Ben Efriam – Special Assistant, J5 Commander, Israeli Defense Forces; former Commander, Ramat David AFB


The Impact of Civil Military Relations on Domestic Political Decisions


Alumnae Lounge

  • Colonel (Retired) Mike Hess – Former Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID
  • Mr. Richard Hoffman – Senior Lecturer and Director, Center for Civil-Military Relations, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; former Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the Sixth Army
  • Ms. Heather Hurlburt – Senior Advisor, National Security Network; former Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State